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Olivia Bleeker, TAM Senior...Paving the Path to Success

Posted: Mar. 26, 2018

If I had to choose one word to sum up my time in the College of HES the last four years, it would be fulfilling. When I came to college, my dream for after graduation was to work in the sustainable fashion industry. The Textile and Apparel Management department has done everything and more in order to help me accomplish this dream! Through classes, panels, presentations, and support, I feel so at home in the TAM Department, and this department truly laid the groundwork for me to have such an incredible undergrad experience here at Mizzou.

One of my biggest passions in life is traveling and experiencing new cultures, so I was happy to find that my passion was not only accepted but encouraged here at Mizzou. Because of opportunities that the College of HES provided, I have had amazing opportunities to spend six months studying abroad in a Mediterranean beach town in Spain (2016), work at a sustainable fashion company in Guatemala for three months (2017), and experience a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week (2018). Throughout all of these amazing experiences, I chronicled my adventures on my travel + fashion blog, A Drop in the Ocean. As I did so, I created connections with companies all around the world, which then opened doors to earn money, travel, and make countless friends all through my blog!

Not only did I form connections in an online platform, but I also made many close connections right here at Mizzou. These friendships with students, faculty, and staff alike provided me with so many deep relationships within the College, which only contributed to the small, family-like bond that I experienced during these four years at Mizzou. I truly think these connections are what created so many opportunities for me within the College. My junior year, I was selected as the HES Textile and Apparel Management Student Ambassador where I attended recruitment events and helped promote the College I love so much. Then, junior and senior year, I have been working in the HES Advancement and External Relations Office where I learned marketing, PR, and event planning skills as well as getting to work with the gracious alumni and donors for the College of HES.

As I now begin to prepare for graduation in May and start to plan what I will do after I graduate, I look back at the last four years with the best memories. Not only do I have nothing but amazing times to look back on, but I will close this chapter at Mizzou with several incredible mentors who have been there every step of the way during my college career.

My advice to any new students would be this…

  • Step outside your comfort zone.
  • Join a student org that you’re interested in.
  • Talk to your professors.
  • Befriend everyone. Don’t just stick to professors or students in your major – find friends all throughout the College.
  • Make your college experience yours. Even though you will graduate with the same major as your classmates, you can blaze your own trail and create a completely different experience!
  • When you’re walking down the halls of Gwynn and Stanley, talk to everyone. Smile and show others you’re a friendly, approachable person.
  • Do things that will set you up for success within HES and provide you with the opportunity for the best years of your life!

Olivia Bleeker

Olivia Bleeker

Olivia Bleeker

Olivia Bleeker

Olivia Bleeker

Olivia Bleeker

Olivia Bleeker

Olivia Bleeker

Olivia Bleeker

FSF Scholarship Competition Winner!

Posted: Jan. 23, 2018

Congratulations to Apparel Marketing & Merchandising student Rylie Bryant, winner of a $5,000 scholarship in the 2018 Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) competition. Rylie was among 540 competitors who submitted case studies for the competition. In January, Rylie attended the FSF Scholarship Gala in New York city with award winners from across the country.

Here is what Rylie had to say about her experience: "Winning the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund competition, and attending the Awards Gala was both humbling and rewarding. The relationships that I built, the opportunities I was presented with, and the doors that were opened by being a YMA FSF recipient are invaluable.""

For more information about the 2019 competition, please go to: https://www.ymafsf.org/fsfcasestudy/.


Listen to Dr. Ha-Brookshire on KBIA Talking about Teaching TAM Students

Posted: Sep. 15, 2017

Jung Ha-BrookshireDr. Jung Ha-Brookshire was recently interviewed by Intersection on KBIA (Dr. Ha-Brookshire's interview runs from minutes 11-19).

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Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire Receives Kemper Award

Posted: Mar. 21, 2017

HES Dean Sandy Rikoon joined Chancellor Hank Foley and Commerce Bank President Teresa Maledy in surprising Jung Ha-Brookshire, Associate Professor of Textile and Apparel Management, with a 2017 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. This award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is among the most coveted teaching awards bestowed at Mizzou. There will be an event later this semester to celebrate the five Kemper winners and there should be wonderful video of Dr. Ha-Brookshire’s total shock at the interruption to her class. Congratulations to Dr. Ha-Brookshire on the receipt of this terrific and well-deserve honor. She brings great credit to TAM, HES, and Mizzou!

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire receiving award

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire receiving award

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire receiving award


TAM Advisory Board Meeting

Posted: Mar. 20, 2017

The MU Department of Textile and Apparel Management hosted the 2017 TAM Advisory Board Meetings on Mar. 12-13. Members from all areas of the fashion industry attended the meeting. There were several sessions that allowed for student and board member interaction. The Symposium this year was entitled "Near-Win: When failure drives success." Students were able to share their work with board members during the TAM Student Showcase, learn about preparing for careers in the Round Robin Sessions, and find out the latest news in the Industry Updates.

board member viewing student work

students showing poster

students speaking with board member


Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing and Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire in the News

Posted: Feb. 8, 2017

Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing

A new study has taken a step toward measuring the importance of business ethics to young employees (in a very different sector: the apparel and textile industry) and how it could affect retention and on-the-job satisfaction. Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and doctoral student, Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing are featured on the following research news outlets.